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A policy analyst needs three things: no more, and no less.

If you don't have all three, you won't be able to produce original work, you won't be able to explain what you've found, or you will produce original work that is critically wrong in the details. If you are missing one of those three, it's worth thinking about how to improve at it.

It is very important to be able to meet deadlines that you've agreed to (and some of the ones that you haven't). It helps to be friendly and charming.